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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing; 1st UK Edition 1st Printing edition (February 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841999
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841997
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,086,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Buy this immensely entertaining book and help out a very worthy cause in the process." â?? Vintage Racecar

"A fascinating insight into a part of the world of motor racing that is usually hidden behind garage doors." â?? The Marshal

"This is the most absorbing motorsport 'inside story' book to be published in a long time." â?? Speed Scene

"This small format book packs so much into its 172 pages. It's a real winner." â?? New Zealand Classic Car



"This is one of those books you can dip into anywhere â?¿ in its plainly-told tales you feel a vibe and a zeitgeist that many weighty histories don't give and which, because of ever higher technologies and regulations, is probably gone for ever." â?? Classic Cars "A brilliant read, this is a book that you'll keep dipping into." â?? Club Lotus News



"The photos, many of which come from the mechanics' personal collections, are not only priceless, but properly capture the moments and tales told by the crew members. This book is a must for all racing fans" â?? autoracinghistory.com

"It's a cracker: and 40% of all royalties go to the Grand Prix Mechanic's Charitable Trust. A softback bargain. Read it." â?? Southern Car Club



"Few books have given us as much enjoyment in recent months as this compilation of tales from the less than glamorous side of motor sport. Buy it!" â?? Octane "Chapter themes in this enjoyable paperback range from travel to job risks, with memories of key spanner-men. Pull-out boxes make it easy to dip into ..." â?? Classic & Sports Car



"A UNIQUE insight into the pitlanes of Formula One ... With unprecedented everyday access so close to famous drivers and fiery bosses, this recalls some brilliant tales - good and bad - from those who were at the sharp end." - Auto Express

About the Author

Michael Oliver went to his first Formula One race when he was just two weeks old, and contends that he learned to count looking at the number roundels on the sides of racing cars. A professional writer, he has contributed features to a wide range of magazines and websites, including autosport.com, itvf1.com, Motor Sport, Octane, Classic Cars, Vintage Racecar, Victory Lane, Chequered Flag and Motor Racing Australia. He is also the author of two other motor racing books: Lotus 49: The Story of a Legend, published in 1999; and Lotus 72: Formula One Icon, published in 2003. It was the contact he made with mechanics while researching these books, and the mechanics' wealth of untold stories, that inspired him to write this latest work.
Michael Oliver went to his first Formula One race when he was just two weeks old, and contends that he learned to count looking at the number roundels on the sides of racing cars. A professional writer, he has contributed features to a wide range of magazines and websites, including autosport.com, itvf1.com, Motor Sport, Octane, Classic Cars, Vintage Racecar, Victory Lane, Chequered Flag and Motor Racing Australia.

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I highly recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of 50s, 60s and 70s Formula 1 racing.
Bruce Boertje
A very enjoyable and fun read - I took this book away with me and it was perfect for reading by the pool.
marcus hancock
Wonderful inside stories of the Formula One world from the beginnings of the championship through today.
David Hobkirk

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By David Hobkirk on March 28, 2010
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If you have ever wondered what happens behind closed doors in the world of professional open wheel racing, this is the book for you. Wonderful inside stories of the Formula One world from the beginnings of the championship through today. The manufacturers, the mechanics, the drivers and the great stars of the series are captured without their coats of armor in this treasure of a book. Not so sure of themselves, not so calm and collected, not so precise. And a whole lot more fun than what you might see on the screen during a race. This is how it was done to begin with and I am sure there are more stories to tell of the megamoney world we now see as F1 racing. A fun read that doesn't take itself too seriously.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Andersson on August 18, 2010
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As a formula one fan and an avid reader of motorhistorybooks I must admit that this book is a must read for every single formula one or motorsport interested person out there. The insight into how this sport has grown from its early days in the 1950's to the present wiewed from the mechanics who built, maintained, and transported the racecars from Sweden in the north to Italy in the south and the US and Mexico in the west and what this realy demanded of the mechanics is absolutly amazing. Sprinkle this with absolut gems of insight into the driving abilities of Jim Clark, Graham Hill, Jack Brabham and many more together with the raw discription of what it was really like to work for Team Lotus under Colin Chapman, this is a book to be deeply grateful for to have been written. Buy it, it is truly, a must read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean D. Giacopassi on October 18, 2010
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A good read. It is nice to see a book about some of the lesser known and acknowledged parts of the F1 experience.

Lots of Lotus stories; I guess they were one of the more "interesting" teams.

I have had the good fortune to meet a few F1 mechanics from the 60s-90s. Their stories match those of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greality Test on April 14, 2011
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This pocket sized book tells of the life of the racing teams of F1 back in the early years of the sport. There are anecdotes from men you may have heard mentioned in television commentary. Jacky Stewart wrote the preface and figures in a few of the stories also. The parallels in early race strategies, design, and logistics of travel, and those of modern day amateur racing are obvious. In those days the teams helped each other, and the bureaucrats they battled were the border police rather than the amateur racing officials. A common thread is how little pay there was, and like today, so much was sacrificed for the "love of sport". A part of the book profits goes to a pensioners trust for the mechanics, so there is joy in giving and in reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By lewis51072 on January 10, 2011
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Good read with lots of insight into formula 1 in the sixties and seventies.Plenty of funny stories and some heartbreakers too.
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By R. Holmes on June 11, 2014
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This is a compilation of "war stories" from mechanics who worked in the 50's, 60's, 70's. Really gives a good feel for what it was like, how dangerous it was, how teams were run and how we got to the state of Formula 1 today. I read this after reading Steve Marchett's book "The Mechanics's Tale" which deals with much more current times. Between the two, I think I have a good sense of the history from behind the pit wall.

The Kindle version does not do justice to the photos, they are just too small and lose something in translation. I'd like to see the paper version sometime to compare.
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While I did enjoy this book, I have 2 criticisms. 1. Never say in the introduction that the best stories could not be told in the book. Knowing that, every time I read a story told by a mechanic, I wondered what was being left out. 2. I had a lot of context in reading it, having been a GP fan since the '60's and having actually seen many of these mechanics up close while they were working. But without the context I had, many of the stories they told would have seemed fairly watered down. Overall, I got the feeling that the mechanics were holding back much more than they actually told. Still, I was able to gain some insight into what was going on in the lives of the fellows I watched in the garages as a boy.
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By Glenn N. on April 26, 2014
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A great book about formula 1 racing from the mouths of the mechanics on how they worked and how little they got paid..Its just incredible
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